Britain's Got Talent Betting Offers & Free Bets
Britain's Got Talent has become one of the most popular shows on British television. The series gives a showcase to a mixture of undiscovered talent and performers who have been around for a while but not yet had their big TV break. The 2018 series was again hugely popular with this year being dominated by stand-up comedians. For the first time a comedian won the show with Lost Voice Guy winning and earning himself a place on the bill for the 2018 Royal Variety Performance.
Britain's Got Talent 2019
The new series began on Saturday 13 April and saw the return of Ant McPartlin to the show to host alongside Dec. Judgng is being carried out by the same panel as last year with Simon Cowell alongside David Walliams (as irritating as ever), Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
89-Year-Old Chelsea Pensioner Wins the Final
89-year-old Chelsea pensioner Colin Thackeray was named the winner of the 2019 Grand Final. He won the show with 25.3% of the vote finishing ahead of Magician X, who was revealed to be Marc Spelman who was in the series last year. The runner-up received 17.8% of the over 3 million votes.
- Colin Thackarary 25.3%
- Magician X 17.8%
- Ben Hart 10.2%
- Kojo Amin 9.6%
- Dave & Finn 9.1%
- Flakefleet Children's Choir 8.8%
- Mark McMullan 4.6%
- Jonathan Goodwin 4.4%
- Siobhan Phillips 4.0%
- Libby & Charlie 3.9%
- 4MG 2.3%
Golden Buzzer Winners
Each judge along with Ant and Dec have the ability to press the Golden Buzzer once during the auditions. The act receiving this automatically go through to the live shows. The winners in this series are:
- Chapter 13 (chosen by Amanda Holden) - Teenage singing group who performed a Stevie Wonder medley. All have West End theatre experience. Holden said of them: “I don’t think I’ve seen four young musicians so put together. It was spot on. I just think you are absolutely incredible and now you just have to win the whole show!”
- Giorgia Borg (chosen by Alesha Dixon) - Ten-year-old singer of whom Dixon declared: "It takes a lot to really move me, you absolutely floored me. Your vocal capability, your lyrical capability – you’re 10 years old! You’re a star.”
- Flakefleet Children's Choir (chosen by David Walliams) - Probably hoping they'll buy some of his books. This show is almost Junior BGT this year. They performed the Queen hit 'Don't Stop Me Now' in fancy dress and Walliams said they had delivered "unbridled joy."
- Kojo Anim (chosen by Simon Cowell) - Stand-up comedian who has presented several TV and radio shows so hardly a surprise he went down so well. “You were so funny and so unpredictable,” Cowell said. “You had the most amazing energy. This is the break you’ve been waiting for.” All a bit laughable considering he's done quite well so far.
- Akshat Singh (chosen by Ant and Dec) - Dance act (there's always a dance act isn't there?) who Ant and Dec described as "incredible."
Britain's Got Talent Betting Markets
Major betting companies such as Skybet and Paddy Power offer bets on the show throughout the auditions and live shows. Some of the popular markets include:
- Competition winner
- Winning judge
- Next act to be eliminated
- Semi-final results
History of Britain's Got Talent
Brittish TV has always had talent shows and those of a certain age will have fond memories of 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'New Faces.' Both shows created plenty of stars with performers such as Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Jim Davidson, Les Dawson, Cannon and Ball and Bonnie Langford getting their first big breaks on those shows.
ITV's 'New Faces' included a panel of judges with Tony Hatch becoming the man we used to love to hate. Britain's Got Talent is just a step ahead on that show as now we see the auditions from the good, the bad and the even worse. The show began in 2007 and is presented by Ant and Dec. The panel originally consisted of Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. The show was an instant hit and now has four judges - Cowell and Holden remain (Holden having appeared in every single series) plus Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
2018 - Lost Voice Guy - Stand-up comedian who had already established himself in the business. Unable to speak due to his cerebral palsy.
2017 - Tokio Myers won the 2017 Britain's Got Talent final with 24.2 percent of the votes. His mixture of classical and modern music continually proved to be a big hit with the viewers and the judging panel. He was seven percent clear of the runner-up, eight year-old magician Izzy Simpson with stand-up comic Daliso Chapunda back in third. That's one of the highest finishes for a comedian though he is an experienced performer on the comedy circuit and has since landed his own radio show.
2016: Richard Jones was the winner with his close-up magic act. Jones was a Lance Corporal in the army and used that to help boost the number of votes he received. His career has prospered since winning the series touring the UK with his own show 'Power of Imagination.'
2015: Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse (plus Skippy and Chase) - The second dog act to win the series, though many felt Jules should have been disqualified. The winning performance in the final saw another dog used for a tightrope sequence, but viewers were not aware of this being the case. She was allowed to keep her win but ITV were later sanctioned by Ofcon for misleading viewers.
2014: Collabro - A boyband that performed hit songs from the world of musical theatre. They have gone on to be a successful act though one of the original line-up has since left. They have had three top ten albums, with their first release getting to number one and their fourth album is due out later in 2018.
2013: Attraction - Controversially this Hungarian shadow theatre company were crowned the winners of 'Britain's Got Talent.' Their act included a great deal of British patriotism helping them to win the final. Since winning the show they have appeared on shows all around the world.
2012: Ashleigh and Pudsey - One of the most successful winners of the series. The dog act have gone on to appear in panto and there was even 'Pudsey the Movie.' Sadly, Pudsey died in 2017 but Ashleigh has continued to find success with her new dog Sully.
2011: Jai McDowall - This Scottish singer hasn't enjoyed a massive amount of success since winning the series. He was released from his contract with Syco and claimed that Simon Cowell was anti-Scottish which considering his success with Susan Boyle doesn't quite make sense. Cowell himself is half-Scottish as his mother comes from that country.
2010: Spellbound - The gymnastic troupe have enjoyed lots of success since their win including appearing at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
2009: Diversity - The third series of 'Britain's Got Talent produced two massive acts. Dance troupe Diversity won the series and have been enjoying massive success ever since. They surprisingly beat Susan Boyle who has sold millions of records around he world since her appearance on the show.
2008 George Sampson - The young dancer performed to 'Singing in the Rain' to win the final but his career has been anything but a wash-out. He's enjoyed success as a dancer and more recently an actor. Also having a successful career after appearing in this series was singer Faryl Smith from Kettering.
2007 Paul Potts - This opera singer was the first ever winner of the series. He has sold millions of records since and there was even a film made about his rise to stardom with James Corden playing him.
When and Where to watch Britain's Got Talent
The show can be seen on ITV on Saturday evenings. The next series will be shown in April and May 2019.
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